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The Vocal Top Story Drug

And Maybe A Vocal Challenge Win Drug

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 2 months ago 3 min read


I don’t know if this is just me, with my imposter syndrome and feelings of inability and inadequacy, but maybe others may feel this as well. I also understand that people who have never had a Vocal Top Story or Challenge win or placement may see this as a red flag or bragging on my part, but it is not. I know many great creators who have not been recognised for some excellent creations, and I am not sure what to actually do about it.

My Thoughts On Top Stories

Every time I see a friend get a Vocal Top Story or place in a Vocal Challenge my heart leaps, and I am so pleased for them. It’s sort of a little official recognition. I might have read or appreciated the story but in some ways my opinion doesn't really matter, I am just part of the business as usual part of Vocal publication, and on my own that is nothing but combined with other readers I do become something.

I have never placed in a Vocal Challenge (and part of me thinks I never will) and that starts to make me think that my creations are not good enough, but when I see certain of my stories with hundreds of reads, Vocal Hearts and comments I know that my creations are actually appreciated by my friends and audience.

The thing is if I don’t get a Top Story I start to feel ignored and deflated, like I am missing out on something that I feel that I now need. In some ways this is wrong, and maybe it is just part of my personality that causes this, although before I got my first Vocal Top Story I used to wonder what I had to do to be considered for a Top Story.

Since then I will admit that I wonder why some of my Top Stories have been chosen as such while stories I believe should have been Top Stories are ignored by Vocal.

It’s Still A Surprise

If I get a Vocal Top Story it is still a pleasant surprise and while when I publish a story I may see it as worthy of a Top Story especially when I see the comments and reactions to it, but I don’t expect it to be a Vocal Top Story.

I do have confidence in my writing despite my imposter syndrome and that is backed up by the reactions and comments that I get, but I do still feel concern for the Vocal Creators who have never had a top story or a Challenge placement, but I am sure that one day it will come to them.

My Advice

Create the best creation that you can and try to love it yourself. Share it in the various Vocal Facebook groups and on any Social Media platforms where you also have a presence. Read voraciously, especially other Vocal Creators and usually they will reciprocate and read your stories.

Ask for support if you feel you need it, and as you group take advice and constructive criticism to improve your creations.

Writing should give you a sense of achievement and hopefully joy. Sometimes it is hard, sometimes it is difficult, like climbing a mountain, but if you get to the top, or even if you have tried, then that is an achievement in itself. You always have to take that first step, then another, and then before you know where you are, you are where you wanted to be, and looking for the next adventure to set out on.


I hope this has provided some ideas for people and told you a little more about me, and I am looking forward to all your Vocal Top Stories and Challenge Placements. I am unlikely to be with you but I will be cheering you all on.

The music I have included is "Waiting For The Man" by The Velvet Underground because there is a little of us waiting for something we want to happen.

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  • Adam Stanbridge2 months ago

    Thanks heaps and congratulations.

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  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Congratulations, Mike!!!💖💖💕

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Well done, so very deserving of Top Story. Sorry, I left it so long to read. You raise so many good points but that last bit of advice is how I feel. So brilliantly put. Do the best you can do. Also, great choice of song. Love that track!

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Well done once again, and as we have all said in the past and will most likely say again in the future, you are a great writer, one that we all enjoy. I am one who struggles and wonders if I can get to be the writer I wish to be, I also know practice, practice, practice. Congratulations

  • Lakshmi Narashiman2 months ago

    Nice one. I am new here. Can you please go through my articles and let me know if you like them?

  • Tiffany Gordon 2 months ago

    Congrats on another Top Story!

  • Shane Dobbie2 months ago

    Only been on here for a few months but I feel your pain. It'd be nice to get recognition but, at the same time, the challenges have made me write things I wouldn't otherwise have written. Maybe that's its own reward...($1000 would be nice though)

  • Claire Guérin2 months ago

    I absolutely feel the same about Top Stories, beating myself up each time my new story isn't chosen by Vocal. I believe the stories that aren't chosen simply don't have the "buzz" factor, but we should try to remind ourselves that it doesn't mean anything about their quality. They're simply not eye-catchers, or don't have a title where the reader is likely to go "Oh, that concerns me" (case in point, this very article is an eye catcher, and it's a top story). Thank you for the motivating message: keep writing what you love!

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    Well said Mike. I know exactly what you are talking about.

  • Holly Pheni2 months ago

    Congrats Mike! A well written and relatable read!

  • Samara Simson2 months ago

    Writing from the heart. Congratulations on Top Stories. :)

  • Rayn B2 months ago

    Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing this, I relate to these feelings so much

  • Totally agree with you. We just gotta keep writing what makes us happy. So much truth to what you've said!

  • Allie Bickerton2 months ago

    Just coming back to say congrats on your TOP STORY! 🥳 I guess you could say you got your fix! 😛

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    As always, your words resonate. I am always happy to see a familiar name / new friend get the accolade of a Top Story. I like your advice to put forth your best work - if Vocal deems it worthy, it'll be there. If not. we all just need to encourage each other to keep living the dream. :)

  • Brin J.2 months ago

    Thank you, Mike. Your words reach more people than you realize <3. I'm always proud to see your, or friends' names in Top Stories, too :).

  • Lisa A Lachapelle2 months ago

    Acknowledgment is nice absolutely with writing. That is why I value the Vocal Family so much because as we know even with friends and peers there is little support for writers. I know some of the challenges have a high competition being even 10,000 entries but I agree with you that there could be more choices. Great article.

  • Laura Merchant2 months ago

    This. All of this.

  • Kelly Robertson2 months ago

    Well said, Mike!

  • Lilly Cooper2 months ago

    I think we have all struggled with a bitter feeling of disappointment when we submit a piece we are proud of, but it doesn't hit a chord with others, especially with Vocal. We all have a journey we are on, I hope a desire for recognition doesn't derail any of us 💖

  • Daniel Jeyaraman2 months ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story, Mike. 🥰

  • Ahh Mike congrats on top story!! You know I always enjoy your creations! I'm so happy when folks I know get recognized ❤️

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Congrats on the top story.

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